First Listen: Katy Perry’s New Song ‘Dark Horse’ Hits The Internets


Earlier this month Katy Perry released the music video for her single Roar (right around the time it hit the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart) and today we get our first listen of her NEW song Dark Horse. Dark Horse is the second song to come from Perry’s upcoming new album Prism, due out next month. Click below to hear this new song in full and see what you think.

“Dark Horse,” Katy Perry’s trippy new track featuring Juicy J, has been unveiled as the second offering (although not the second official single) from her highly anticipated new album “Prism.” Bet on this “Dark Horse” to be one of the standouts on the pop superstar’s third full-length, due out on Oct. 22. Posted online at 12:01 AM on Tuesday morning (Sept. 17), “Dark Horse’s” verses are built around icy rhythms and chopped-up vocal samples, until Perry wades into the crescendo and asks, “Are you ready for, ready for/A perfect storm, perfect storm?” Juicy J’s flow during his guest verse and assured and deliberate, with lines like “Shorty’s heart is on steroids, ‘cuz her love is so strong” delivering when paired with the snapping beat. During one of her “Prism” music industry listening events earlier this month, Perry confirmed to Billboard that “Dark Horse” was helmed by Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and Max Martin. Dr. Luke recently executive-produced Juicy J’s “Stay Trippy” solo album, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. The 16-track deluxe version of “Prism” is now available for pre-order on iTunes, with lead single “Roar” and “Dark Horse” each posted for $1.29. “Roar” spent a second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart last week, after becoming Perry’s eighth chart-topper.

While I’m not immediately taken with this song, I do appreciate that it sounds different from Katy’s earlier work. The song is reminiscent of early 90’s Hip Hop … I dig the reference. Between the two, I think I prefer Dark Horse over Roar … and the fact that the songs are so different leads me to believe that Katy’s Prism album will likely over a wide range of sounds. Is this song another #1 in the making? Time will tell. What do YOU think? Are you feeling this new Katy track?

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  • Joey

    I LOVE IT.

  • Alecia

    Never thought I needed a Katy Perry/Juicy J trill 90s throwback track, but I guess I do. And it’s not EDM! Halleluyer!

  • nicole

    not a huge fan of it but its better than ‘Roar’

  • Sara

    I listened to the sample last night and really liked it. I like her vocals on it, especially the chorus. Definitely better than Roar.

  • Emily Lange

    WOW the one sound cloud comment was spot on.. this sounds a lot like jeese j “excuse my rude”